In this special Memorial Day episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the idea of national remembrance.
May 24, 2013
The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S.
Michael Guasco argues that pinpointing the beginning of slavery in North America at Jamestown distorts its history
September 13, 2017
Where Donald Trump Learned His Tough Love for History
He professes admiration for "statues and monuments" but his family has a record of tearing down rather than preserving.
August 24, 2017
Sally Hemings Takes Center Stage
A new exhibit at Monticello tells her story through the words of Madison Hemings, the son of Sally and Thomas Jefferson.
New York Times
June 15, 2018
The Day White Virginia Stopped Admiring Gen. Robert E. Lee and Started Worshiping Him
Stripping Virginia of its Lee tributes is far harder than it is in other places.
August 23, 2017
Falling Out of Love with the Civil War
America's unconditional love of the Civil War has blinded us to its true meaning.
August 21, 2017
The Monuments We Never Built
Why we must ask not only what stories our landscapes of commemoration tell, but also what stories they leave out.
August 22, 2017
"I've Studied The History Of Confederate Memorials. Here's What To Do About Them."
Many were funded privately. The public now deserves a say in their fate.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
August 18, 2017
Racism, Medievalism, and the White Supremacists of Charlottesville
The weekend's demonstrators were the latest in a long line of American racists to ally themselves with an imagined Middle Ages.
The New Republic
August 15, 2017
The Ideological Slipperiness of the Kennedy Legacy
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have tried to stake a claim to the power of the Kennedy legend. What is it about Camelot?
August 9, 2017
The Confederate General Who Was Erased
There's a reason you won't find many monuments in the South to one of Robert E. Lee's most able deputies.
August 21, 2017
What Would Jefferson Say About White Supremacists Descending Upon his University?
Jefferson had a complicated relationship with white supremacy.
Ibram X Kendi
Made by History
August 13, 2017